During the First World War, one of sixteen Army cantonments (temporary camps) was located on Long Island. Camp Upton was established on 9,000 acres in the wilds of Suffolk County in 1917.
The Camp would train 40,000 soldiers for the war, and when it was over, it was torn down and auctioned off, only to be rebuilt twenty years later when the United States entered the Second World War.
The site of the camp in Yaphank is now the home of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
On Sunday, September 15, at 2 pm at the Nassau County Historical Society meeting, Suzanne Johnson will present “Camp Upton: Soldier City in the Wilderness.”
Suzanne Johnson is co-author with David Clemens of the Arcadia Pictorial History of Camp Upton. She will present the history of Camp Upton, focusing on the World War One years, with images from their recent publication. The book will be available for sale and signings will be available.
The program is free and open to the public, and will be held in the parish hall of the Community Church of East Williston, located at 45 East Williston Ave. in East Williston, NY in Nassau County. More information is available on the Society’s website.
Illustration of Camp Upton provided by Longwood Public Library collection.